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The train: a comfortable and safe means of transport for travelers

3- Mobility and Education: Gaspesian youth often have to travel outside the region to pursue their education. The train is the best way for them to go to their educational institution, or to come back to see their family. In addition, many teachers and school officials travel by train to attend meetings or conventions outside the region.

4- Mobility and employment: The train is an essential tool for the economy of the region. People from all business sectors who have to go elsewhere for business find the train a comfortable and affordable way to get around. The mobility of people is a vital factor in regional development. Moreover, when the passenger train runs between Matapédia and Gaspé, it creates jobs in the train stations, on the train and in the maintenance of the railway. These jobs have been suspended since 2013.

In addition, since 2012, Gaspésie has seen 6,000 people choose to settle in the region. These newcomers, including young Gaspesians returning after their studies, are important for the future of the region. Considering that many of them are from elsewhere and that they will need to visit their family, they will have to travel. The passenger train offers them an ecological and safe way to travel.

5- The environment: Climate change and global warming are two of the main problems affecting our society. The train is an effective way of removing vehicles from our roads and lowering our greenhouse gas emissions. When the number of passengers is greater, simply add passenger cars to the train, instead of adding dozens or hundreds of additional cars.

6- Ridership: Gaspesians have always used their passenger train. Traffic statistics prove it. Between 2004 and 2013, the Montréal-Gaspé train transported more passengers than the other two regional trains from Québec combined. In 2011, 27,991 passengers took the Montréal-Gaspé train, while the Montréal-Jonquière and Montréal-Senneterre trains, combined, carried 25,870.

7- The economy of the Gaspé Peninsula: The train is important for the economic development of Gaspésie. The train can offer competitive prices as compared to the truck; a train car carries 2.5 times more than a truck and can deliver products over long distances, traveling within Canada, the United States and Mexico day and night. The competitiveness of companies in a world of market globalization is a key factor in obtaining contracts. Companies like LM Wind Power – Gaspé, McInnis Cement – Port-Daniel-Gascons, Lebel (ex-Temrex) – Nouvelle and RailGD – New Richmond together employ nearly 800 people. These are the four pillars of rail transportation in Gaspésie. Other shippers also need the train to be competitive with shippers elsewhere.

The train and the preservation of our environment

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VIA Rail # 16 in Saint-Siméon arriving near the Route 132 viaduct. Photo David Morris, Fredericton, N.B.
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